The volunteers of the Cedaredge Methodist Women's Thrift Store added a dash of spice to the life of Surface Creek Valley as they staged their annual "thank you" fashion show and style review for friends and supporters on Saturday morning, Oct. 15, at the Methodist Church.
The Thrift Store Fashion Show is presented as a fun and entertaining event open to everyone. There is music, an emceed style review of the fashions modeled during the hour and a half long show, and a luncheon served afterward.
The fashion show began with a musical introduction performed by organizer and emcee Midge Hagen. She sang "Second Hand Rose" in costume, a fitting start to the morning's fun. Bev Gardner also performed a song. Dressed as a cleaning lady viewing herself in a shop mirror after hours, she sang "I'm So Pretty." Accompanist for the event was Vernette Mackley.
The 23 models in the show this year came from the community, from among church members, and from the volunteers who work at the Thrift Store. There were some 30 outfits on display, organizers said, all taken from the Thrift Shop's racks. The styles ranged from ladies evening formal wear to rugged, serviceable day chore clothing for men. Prices started at $1 for a good pair of leather work shoes, and on up.
The fashion featured garments that can be found everyday on the clothing racks at the Thrift Store. They were all current styles, in good, clean condition, and can be had at the Thrift Store for remarkably low prices, especially on the one-half price sale days that take place occasionally.
The Methodist Women prepared a luncheon for their models and guests that was enjoyed around noon in the tastefully appointed downstairs church activity room.
The event is held annually. It is offered as a "thank you" to the community and volunteers who support the Methodist Women's Thrift Store all year long. The enterprise raises funds which are distributed throughout the community, supporting public agencies and community service organizations throughout Surface Creek Valley and beyond.